When a senior citizen wanted breakfast, he took a trip to his local La Marque, Texas Waffle House. But after he ordered his breakfast, he realized his age had gotten the better of him. At 78 years old, he was struggling to cut his piece of ham.
It was humiliating and embarrassing. He had become too weak to use the fork and knife, and his hands were not functioning well.
Instead of letting her elder flounder, teen server Evoni Williams hurried over and took control of the situation.
And the old patron was very grateful. But little did Williams know but a stranger was watching, and when they shared a picture of her helping the 78-year-old eat his breakfast, the implications would change her life.
Williams told USA Today, “He was like ‘my hands are not functioning too well.’ He needs me to cut his food, so I did.”
Adrian said, “My hands are not up to par. If I want to cut my meat, I’m going to look like I’m stabbing it.”
Laura Wolf was eating at the Texas Waffle House at the same time that Williams proved she was a Good Samaritan. She watched every move Williams made. Although the server did not know anyone was watching her good deed, she hurried over to help the senior citizen.
And Wolf was impressed. She snapped a photo of Williams and shared it online and wrote about it so all her friends could honor the server’s kindness.
“I don’t know her name, but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don’t work too good. He was also on oxygen and struggling to breathe,” Wolf wrote on Facebook. “Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham.
This may seem small, but to him, I’m sure it was huge. I’m thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative. If we could all be like this waitress & take time to offer a helping hand.”
Wolf’s photo went viral. She never expected that. But it soon had ten thousand likes and hundreds of comments and shares.
Adrian said, “Somebody told me a few days later that I was very popular because they got me on Facebooks (sic).”
Not long after, Williams, who worked at Waffle House to save money for college, was met with a surprise. And it brought her to tears. Strangers were paying her kindness forward in a big way.
Williams was working hard Saturday morning when the elderly customer, Adrian, came in. He had his cowboy hat with him and was eager for a hot breakfast. It was a small pleasure of life that he really enjoyed – diner food.
Wolf was impressed that Williams listened to Adrian and helped him out rather than just skipping along to her next duty. She was impressed. And wanted to honor Williams and her big heart.
Because of her kindness, the City of La Marque created a day in honor of Williams and gave her $16,000 toward her college dream.